By Jeremy McDonald
SCIO, Ore.– For much of the first half of Friday’s nightcap between the Lady Loggers of Scio and Salem Academy, the Loggers managed to throw a 55, 56-point a game Crusader offense through a little bit of a tassel as they made Salem Academy work for their 32-15 lead behind points their press defense and battling for rebounds against the number one team in the State at 3A.
“I think we fought really hard like we’ve been practicing,” said Mackenzie Reger, the junior battled through a 104 degree fever Friday to play 23 minutes and scored eight points, nabbed one rebound and got one assist for the Loggers Friday
But, behind Aimee Smith and Sydney Brown, both combining for 30 points in the contest, helped sparked a 8-0 run to start the third quarter as they held Scio to two third quarter points to lead 43-17 after three quarters as the Crusaders shoke off their first lost of the year to rival Blanchet with a 60-29 victory to improve to 12-1 on the season.
“That’s good we’re starting to play like us which is good,” said Brown who finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five blocks, four assist in the game as SA turns their focus to Chemawa Tuesday. “We’re playing together as a team and not as individuals.”
For the Loggers, they got Jefferson Tuesday as they go back to work for then.
“Keep practicing hard and play like we can do,’ said Reger.
CRUSADER SCORERS- Smith-17. Brown-13. Baker-9. Campbell-9. Hardy-8. Larsen-2. Standridge-2.
LOGGER SCORERS- Bennett-10. Reger-8. Gray-7. Wallen-4.
BOYS BASKETBALL- For the first quarter-and-a-half, the Scio Boys basketball team were in striking distance of Salem Academy down 10 early in the second as back-to-back three’s by Daniel Holmberg and two free throws by Blake Lackner kept it to eight two minutes into the quarter at 26-18.
But then, turnovers hurt the Loggers as the Crusaders took full advantage of it as they built a 43-24 halftime lead en route to a 86-37 victory Friday night.
On Salem Academy’s side, it was redemption for their loss versus Blanchet Cathlotic Wednesday, but it was frustration on the side of Scio.
“This is a redemption game for us,” said the Crusaders Markel Moser. “We knew they’ll come out intense and we lack that a little bit but I thought the bench did a awesome job We got a hot start and we all rallied together. It’s a team out here and we’re a family and we’re all together.”
Moser led the rally there in the second and the third to put Salem out in front for good, but the Loggers Lackner tried to set the pace early as he did versus Gervais Wednesday with his 6’5 frame as the senior shared his frustrations as they go back to work to learn and get better from this game.
“I wish we would have held onto the ball better,” he said. “They put a lot of pressure on us…we’re such a young team, it’s hard.”
Holmberg and Lackner are two of four seniors on the Scio squad this year.